Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Sabres Lineups

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The Boston Bruins begin a home-and-home series in Buffalo on Thursday night against the Sabres. It’s only December, but these two games against an inferior opponent can be viewed as must-wins for the B’s, who’ve lost two straight, three of their last four and eight of the last 11 games.

A poor start in which the Bruins allowed the Columbus Blue Jackets to open a 3-0 first-period lead doomed them Tuesday night. Boston must be better prepared to start games and not be forced to play catchup hockey so often. That’s not a style the Bruins want to play considering how ineffective their offense has been for most of the season (25th in goals scored per game, 29th on the power play).

The Sabres appear headed for another spring without playoff hockey, but they’re not to be taken lightly. Former Boston University star Jack Eichel scored an incredible goal Tuesday night and has played very well against his hometown Bruins in his young career. He has tallied 10 points in 13 games since making his return from injury late last month.

Here are the projected lines and pairings for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS (18-15-4)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner–David Krejci–David Backes
Frank Vatrano–Austin Czarnik–Riley Nash
Anton Blidh–Dominic Moore–Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller–Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

BUFFALO SABRES (13-13-8)
Marcus Foligno–Jack Eichel–Matt Moulson
Zemgus Girgensons–Sam Reinhart–Kyle Okposo
Evander Kane–Johan Larsson–Brian Gionta
Nicolas Deslauriers–Derek Grant–Will Carrier

Jake McCabe–Rasmus Ristolainen
Zach Bogosian–Cody Franson
Josh Gorges–Justin Falk

Robin Lehner

Thumbnail photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Images

Berkshire Bank Foundation

During the 2016-2017 regular season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $100 for each Bruins assist to three local non-profit organizations. Click here to see official rules.

As of March 30, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has raised $11,500 for Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play.



Earlier this season, the foundation raised $10,000 for Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, and $12,100 for Birthday Wishes, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness.

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